Winter solstice can be an enchanting time for children and is a great opportunity to celebrate and provide an educational experience for the kids in your child care home. The winter solstice is on December 21, 2018, and is the official mark of winter making it the shortest day and longest night of the year. Create some magic in your child care home this season with winter solstice crafts and activities for your child care kids.

The winter solstice is a wonderful phenomenon that happens when the North Pole is shifted to the farthest point from the Sun. Scholastic.com provides a simple explanation on both summer and winter solstices.

Winter solstice has been celebrated around the world, by many different cultures, in many different ways for thousands of years. Because this is the shortest day and longest night of the year, many celebrate new light and the welcoming of the Sun. The winter solstice is also a celebration and appreciation for nature and winter wildlife. The seasons affect nature and wildlife in fascinating ways, and this time of the year is a great time to teach your child care kids about the relationship between them.

Storytime Diving into a winter solstice book with your children is a great way to teach them about the event. There are many books available that teach children about cultural celebrations, nature, and seasonal change. Some of our favorite winter solstice books for children include:

Lights of Winter by Heather Conrad
The Shortest Day by Wendy Pfeffer
Secrets of Winter by Carron Brown

Celebrate Wildlife Teach children how to appreciate winter wildlife by building small birdseed ornaments. Onelittleproject.com has the perfect birdseed ornament recipe that only calls for a few ingredients that you probably have around your house. These simple crafts can be displayed outside and will encourage your children to observe nature more carefully and appreciate the beauty of winter wildlife. Your children will enjoy seeing the birdseed being chipped away day by day.

Nature Walk Escort your kids on a small nature walk to celebrate. Your kids will find it very fascinating that the day is ending sooner than it normally does. Bring flashlights and lanterns during your walk and talk with them about the history and the science of what the winter solstice is. Take a small stroll around your block or go on a nearby trail and observe nature and wildlife. Have your children scavenge for colorful, fallen fall leaves to use for a winter solstice craft later on.

Solstice Lantern Since this day widely celebrates light in the darkness, build winter solstice lanterns with your child care kids. Try out these beautiful winter lantern crafts from Eco Explorers that incorporates the colorful fall leaves your kids gathered on the nature walk! The colors of the leaves will illuminate from the tealight inside and make for a whimsical and magical craft your kids will love to make.

By incorporating winter solstice activities in your child care home, your children will have a greater appreciation for nature and science. How do you celebrate the arrival of winter?